28 million children in Nigeria to be protected through WHO measles campaign
The campaign got underway on Saturday and is being implemented by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and WHO, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
More than 28 million children in northern Nigeria will be protected against measles and meningitis through an immunization campaign by the authorities alongside international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO).
"The measles vaccine remains the most cost-effective preventive measure against measles and WHO is committed to supporting the Nigerian government in reaching every eligible child in the country with the needed vaccines irrespective of their location," said Dr. Fiona Braka, the UN agency's Team Lead of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).
"We will go to markets, schools, churches, mosques and everywhere we can get good catchment to reach our target population. No child deserves to die from any vaccine-preventable disease," he said.
Thousands of health workers mobilized
He added that the country also lies in the so-called "meningitis belt", which stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia, where most of the world's cases occur.
Overall, the organization has immunized more than 279 million African children against meningitis.